Wizkid,Tems: The Emergence of global hit sound '' Essence''

Wizkid and Tem's 'Essence' recently won numerous awards from Soul Train to two Grammy nominations all in 2021.

Wizkid and Tems

Hitting streaming platforms last year October 2020 as the 11th song on The Made In Lagos album, Wizkid and Tem's ''Essence has become the official anthem for 2021.

The single from Wizkid's fourth studio album ''Made In Lagos' has received local and international recognition and even had collaboration from Canadian singer, Justin Bieber.

Talk about a successful sound and ''Essence'' comes to mind. Many wonder how the groovy fusion of afrobeat, the 2000s and other genres became so widely accepted.

Wizkid and Tem's magical 'Essence'' was produced by P2J and Legendury Beatz.

Wizkid and Tem's magical 'Essence'' was produced by P2J and Legendury Beatz. A fusion of afrobeat and a 2000s vibe, 'Essence,' communicates a sultry and sensual rhythm that takes the listener into the love zone.

It can be pretty hard to say precisely when the addictive single became the anthem of the year but based on the timing of its audio and video release between October 2020 and April 9, 2021, it pegged its position as 'Song of the Summer.'

Wizkid's Essence soon became the first Nigerian song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Global 200.

Tems featured in the single "Essence" by Wizkid.

The hit single from the Made in Lagos album further rose to global prominence when Canadian singer Justin Bieber reached out to Wizkid's management to collaborate on a remix.

Justin Bieber's input on the song gave it the required boost needed in no time Essence became the most shazamed song in the US.

Taking a cue from its relative success on the foreign scene, Grammy award winner, Wizkid's smashing hit single Essence was certified Gold in September 2021, making it the first African song to hit that milestone.

By October of this year congratulatory messages were pouring in as the single bagged platinum certification and according to BRITS Certified Awards, a song only receives platinum status when they achieve 600,000 units of sales.

Wizkid and Tems

With 54 million streams on Spotify and 60 million streams on Apple Music, the groundbreaking record 'Essence' has earned both Big Wiz and Tems various awards, respectively. From getting five nominations at Soul Train Awards 2021 to winning Best Collaboration.

It has also had nominations in the global music of the year category for the Grammy awards 2022.

Just recently, Wizkid shut down 02 Arena for his 'Made in Lagos' concert held at London 02 arena, which started on November 28 to December 1, 2021, selling out tickets in 12minutes.

Wizkid is said to have raked in over #5.2billion in gross earnings from his ongoing.


According to Business day reports that online ticket sales for the various tiers and locations at the arena ranged from $108 to $270. The Arena floor section had a capacity of more than 5,200 people and sold for an average of $239 per seat.

The Nigerian song of the summer continues to make global airwaves around the world.